A Passionate Plea for More Love and More Hope

first_imgThe other day I spoke to my Toastmasters club. Usually when you speak, you don’t serve any other roles, especially in a club as big as ours. But we were short an evaluator, and I was asked to judge the tenth speech of another speaker (my favorite thing to do only after evaluating an ice-breaker speech). The tenth speech is a persuasive speech in which you are supposed to move the audience to take action.Ruth stepped up to speak, but instead of speaking, she lit up the room with a spiritual song. Then she lit up everyone in the room by speaking about the tragedy in Connecticut. Ruth spoke about good and evil. She spoke about right and wrong. She made an impassioned case that laws are useless against evil; that what’s needed is something much, much bigger. She made an ardent and emotional plea on behalf of hope and love.Love! She said emphatically.Hope! She said, even more emphatically.One of the questions on the evaluation form required me to answer whether Ruth used logic and reason to influence the audience. But she didn’t rely on logic or reason to make her case. And she was right not to. Events like the tragedy in Connecticut can’t be understood through logic or reason. As much as we want to understand, we never will. At least not by looking at the event through the sane, sober, and dispassionate lenses of logic and reason. The understanding, and the answer, lies somewhere else within us.Ruth’s case could have only been made with the passion and emotions she chose to employ instead of facts, logic, or reason. And that’s how she made her case; she used love and hope to plead for more love and more hope.More love. More hope. Get the Free eBook! Want to master cold calling? Download my free eBook! Many would have you believe that cold calling is dead, but the successful have no fear of the phone; they use it to outproduce their competitors. Download Nowlast_img read more

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AFC Cup: Heavy defeat leaves Ceres needing miracle

first_imgIstiklol got a goal each at from Akhtam Nazarov and Romish Dhzalilov in the first half, before a second half brace from Manuchehr Dhzalilov ensured the Tajiks go into the second leg on Sept. 12 at Panaad Stadium in Bacolod City with a comfortable advantage. A 5-0 win at home will allow the Busmen to advance, but a 4-0 scorline will send the tie to extra time. But with the way the Tajik champions dominated the first leg, it seems the Busmen would need a miracle for that to happen. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingNazarov opened the scoring by converting a penalty in the 25th minute after Kota Kawase brought down Dimitri Barkov inside the area. Romish Dhzalilov doubled the lead at the stroke of halftime with a clinical strike that left Roland Muller with no chance. The Busmen hardly threatened in the first half as Istiklol controlled proceedings, pressing high and winning the ball early. It didn’t help that the Busmen missed their top defender Super Herrera to suspension as Kawase struggled to deal with Barkov. MOST READ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesterscenter_img Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo LATEST STORIES Photo from AFC Cup Twitter.HISOR – Filipino club Ceres-Negros absorbed a 0-4 drubbing at the hands of Tajikistan champion Istiklol in the first leg of their AFC Cup inter-zone semifinal tie on Tuesday, leaving the Busmen with a mountain to climb in the return leg in three weeks time. On a chilly night in the outskirts of the capital Dushanbe, the Busmen struggled to cope against a relentless Istiklol side that made the most of its physical advantage by hassling and harrying the visitors at Hisor Stadium.ADVERTISEMENT Coming out with renewed drive after the restart, the Busmen saw Bienvenido Maranon sending a long-range effort off target in the 51st minute, but cracks in the defense continued to show with Muller and Kawase colliding as Barkov pressed, before Junior Munoz made the clearance. As the Filipinos chased the game, Istiklol continued to find gaps in the defense with Manuchehr Dzhalilov scoring the first of his two goals from long range in the 67th minute. There was time for the Istiklol target man to score a fourth two minutes from time as the Busmen once again failed to deal with a cross, allowing Vadiev Dilshod to set up Dzhalilov who slotted home from close range. The Busmen fly home on Wednesday morning, but this was a tough reality check as they paid dearly for a sub-par away performance.ADVERTISEMENT View comments SEA Games: Cray settles for silver in 100m dash Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Gameslast_img read more

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Apple iPhone 5: What makes it so unique?

first_imgThe wait is almost over as Apple is widely expected to announce a new smartphone, iPhone 5, at an event in San Francisco today. The event is being held in San Francisco at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater, where Apple has held many product launches.Apple Inc also plans to update its phone software this fall and will ditch Google Inc’s mapping service for its own, as a rivalry between the two companies intensifies.The new model is expected to work with 4G cellular networks. The new model will likely go on sale in a week or two.It is also expected to have a taller screen and the ability to access the latest wireless data networks in the US. Analysts expect it to set sales records.Other unconfirmed reports say Apple will reveal a smaller version of the iPad, taking on competitors like Amazon.com Inc.’s Kindle Fire, which have nibbled on the edges of the iPad’s dominance in the tablet category.According to the report on ibtimes.com, French blog nowhereelse.fr, known for publishing alleged iPhone 5 leaks, has just posted what is believed to be the new mini dock connector alongside the current-generation dock connector. The images posted on Saturday indicate the purported 9-inch format is nearly the same size as the Micro USB plug, although there have been rumours it would be thinner and longer.The report says that Apple’ s new plug will feature a refreshed layout in which eight pins are exposed on either side of a metal shell. This shell serves as a ninth contact, and users will no longer have to ensure the connector is right side up when inserting it into a device, it added.The Wall Street Journal recently reported the iPhone 5 will feature 4G LTE networks in the US, Europe, and Asia. However, this functionality may not be available via all carriers immediately at launch.Besides, it is also speculated that iPhone 5 will come equipped with 4G LTE, making it comparable with rival Samsung’s equivalent offering. The South Korea manufacturer released its flagship Galaxy S3 with the fourth-generation speedy Internet feature capability in May.Sales of Apple’s iPhones are still strong, though the company lost the lead in smartphones to Samsung this year. Samsung Electronics Co benefited from having its Galaxy S III out in the US in June, while Apple was still selling an iPhone model released last October.iPhone 5 may face tough competition in smartphone arenaAhead of the hotly-anticipated debut of a next-generation iPhone 5 by Apple, Google and Microsoft have introduced new champions in the competitive smartphone arena.Microsoft and Nokia have joined to boost their smartphone arsenal with two new Lumia handsets, Nokia Lumia 820 and 920, powered by Windows 8 software.It may be noted that several gadgets like Amazon, Nokia and Motorola have made announcements lately as all the devices are trying to generate interest in their products before Apple’s expected announcement of the new iPhone.Analysts are reportedly convinced that demand for the new iPhone is likely to be hot, as many people in the market for handsets have put off purchases to wait for the latest offering from Apple.Once the leader in mobile phones, Nokia has been losing market share as consumers move to smartphones powered by Apple’s iOS or Google’s Android operating system.What to do with your old iPhone?Here are a few things to do with yours to keep it from meeting that fate once you buy the iPhone 5.1. Give it to your kids so they stop taking yours…Every parent, aunt and uncle knows that no toy in the history of toys has ever been as appealing to a kid as an iPhone. They are shiny, they have games and grown-ups use them for important things. More importantly, they are either off-limits or doled out in limited quantities as a reward for, say, sitting still for a minute. Load up your old iPhone with games and give it to a deserving child in your life.2. …or to your mom so she can finally see the lightAlternately, if a Luddite adult has been thinking of taking the plunge into the world of smartphones, your old iPhone may help him or her get over the hump. If you have an iPhone 4 or 4S, you might also find someone who’s still hanging on to an earlier model and give them the gift of an upgrade. You may just buy a friend for life (or at least until iPhone 6 comes out).3. Use it as a teeny-tiny iPadYou’ll be able to watch videos, send email and search Wikipedia for random facts to end cocktail-party disagreements with your decommissioned iPhone – as long as you have a Wi-Fi connection. There’s even a camera, which means you can avoid being that guy (or gal) at the concert who’s turning heads for taking photos with an iPad.4. Donate to charitySeveral charities accept old phones for donation, though it’s worth remembering that these groups likely won’t physically give your old phones to people in need. Rather, they work with phone recyclers and sell your donated phones to them.A nonprofit group called Cell Phones for Soldiers will take your “gently used” phone and sell it to recycling company ReCellular. It will then use the proceeds to buy calling cards for soldiers.The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence works with another recycling group in a similar manner. About 60 percent of the phones it collects are refurbished and resold. The money goes toward supporting the coalition. The remaining 40 percent of the phones are recycled, according to the group’s website. It pays for shipping if you are mailing three or more phones.There are a few more suggestions from New York’s Department of Environmental Conservation at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/8818.html .5. Alarm ClockDo you still use that old radio alarm you bought for your college dorm room in the 20th century? Join the 21st century by turning your old iPhone into an alarm clock. Hide it in a different spot in your bed each night for an added challenge.6. Sell, sell, sell!Join the eBay hordes and sell your phone for a few hundred bucks if you can. There will likely be a flood of the gadgets soon after people start getting their new phones, so it might make sense to wait a little.A company called Gazelle, meanwhile, will make an offer for your old phone based on its condition, your phone carrier and other information. A 32 gigabyte iPhone 4S on Verizon Wireless, for example, was recently going for $237 if it’s in good condition and $90 if it’s broken.Glyde.com also offers to help you resell your old phone. A recent check showed the above 4S getting roughly $325 to $350 after fees are deducted – provided there is a buyer. A “speed sale” that guarantees to sell it in seven days will get the seller slightly less money.7. Trade in at GameStopThe video game retailer offers cash or store credit for old iPhones (along with iPods and iPads). The service is only available in stores and not online. A 32 gigabyte iPhone 4S on Verizon will get you up to $335 in store credit or up to $268 in cash.8. Stream musicStick that baby in a speaker dock, spring for a Pandora subscription ($36 per year) or Spotify ($10 per month) and bam, you have a stereo.Or try SoundCloud. Although it’s meant to let you create and share music with people, it’s also a good place to listen to DJs you like or discover new ones. TuneIn, meanwhile, will let you listen to online radio stations playing music, sports, news or talk shows.9. Keep as a backup in case you lose your fancy new one.Nearly one-third of cellphone owners have had their gadgets lost or stolen, according to a recent survey from Pew Internet & Pew Internet & American Life Project.10. Use as a cameraAt its core, a decommissioned iPhone is a hard drive with a camera. Snap photos with it. No Canon needed. You can also use the iPhone to move photos and other files from one computer to another.11. Recycle with AppleApple Inc.’s own recycling program will give you an Apple gift card if it is determined to have a “monetary value.” A 32 gigabyte iPhone 4S with some light scratches but in good working condition was recently estimated at $280. That’s higher than Gazelle, but you’ll have to spend the money at Apple. The company also accepts broken phones for recycling but you won’t get any money for them.advertisementadvertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

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PH boosts Olympic 3×3 dream with hosting of Fiba Asia Pacific Super Quest

first_imgPH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES There is no reason why Philippines cannot have successful teams playing at World Tour level, considering the depth of talent and love for the game in the country.” The other way for the Philippines to make the Olympics is through ranking points, which the country is currently way behind.As host, the Philippines gets to filed in two teams in the Super Quest.The top three finishers in the Super Quest will qualify for the World Tour.The unveiling of the Super Quest comes on the heels of the country’s successful staging of the Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3×3 League, the first-ever 3×3 league in the Philippines, which made quite a good impression on Fiba 3×3 managing director Alex Sanchez.“After last year’s success of the FIBA 3×3 World Cup organized by SBP, the initiative of Chooks-to-go to set up a tournament with international teams from Asia-Pacific qualifying to the FIBA 3×3 World Tour is excellent news, underpins the effort of Chooks-to-go in organizing dozens of local 3×3 events and will accelerate the development of 3×3 in Philippines,” said Sanchez.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Chooks-to-Go on Tuesday revealed that the country will stage the Chooks-to-Go Asia Pacific Super Quest, an international 3×3 event tentatively set on April 6 to 7 in Manila.The Quest, a tournament which Fiba opted to award the hosting rights to the Philippines, serves as another avenue for the country to participate in the Olympic 3×3 event.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“We are looking for tangible ways for the country to find its way to the Olympic Qualifying Tournaments. I know it’s hard at this point but we will try everything,” said Chooks-to-Go president Ronald Mascariñas. “We are happy to be chosen to host the first-ever Super Quest.”“The Super Quest will serve as a qualifier to get to the World Tour,” said Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3×3 League commissioner Eric Altamirano. “It opened a pathway for us first to get to the World tour and then, hopefully in the World Tour we get a spot in the Olympics.” The Philippines’ bid to make the 2020 Tokyo Olympics got another much-needed shot in the arm.ADVERTISEMENT Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes MOST READ Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Fiba World Cup qualifiers: Thirdy Ravena makes Gilas Pilipinas’ final 12 vs Qatar Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations View comments PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug warlast_img read more

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ICC World Twenty20 final: Chris Gayle not the only threat to England, says Eoin Morgan

first_imgEngland skipper Eoin Morgan urged his team to not focus only on Chris Gayle and learn from the mistakes India made against the Caribbean side in the ICC World Twenty20 semi-final. India had posted 192/2 in the 20 overs and made a dream start to the defence of their total when Jasprit Bumrah dismissed Gayle (5) with a low full toss. However, Johnson Charles and Lendl Simmons carved out aggressive fifties to stun the hosts at the Wankhede Stadium. Morgan said the whole Caribbean outfit is a force to reckon with. “Even before we played West Indies in the group stages I was quite firm about Gayle not being the only man, anyone can hurt you. When you are playing against quality sides, it isn’t about focusing on one or two players. You have to focus on the team as a whole. Look what Lendl Simmons did to India,” Morgan told reporters here at the pre-match media conference. (Also read: Joe Root sounds out warning to West Indies ahead of World T20 title clash) The 2010 champions have a chance to create history by becoming the first team to win the tournament twice. They registered a handsome victory over New Zealand in the first semi-final in Delhi. (Also read: Eoin Morgan lauds England’s ‘aggressive brand of cricket)”We are real about things, (it’s) not going to be a normal game. In the semi-final, we played with a lot of expectations of being in the final and now I want my players to embrace it,” he said. (England, West Indies to wear black armbands in memory of Kolkata flyover tragedy victims)advertisement”Tomorrow’s everything is going to be in a rush to start with, need to slow things down when needed. More importantly we need to execute the plans.”The skipper was also pleased about the fact that the otherwise flat wicket at Eden had a little bit of grass on the surface and said every member of the squad is fit for the clash.”Everybody is fit for selection. Couple of guys were sick over the last few days but they are now okay. Everybody will train, I have had a look at the wicket yesterday, had a good covering of grass. It does look a good wicket. Nice to see a little grass,” he said.Asked how much will the trophy mean to them, the skipper stated: “It will mean a huge amount. This will be a result of the hard work we put in the last few months.”Jason Roy has been quite consistent at the England top order and smashed his way to a match winning 78 against New Zealand in the semi finals, speaking about the 25-year-old, the skipper said: “Jason is an extremely positive player. He has grown with time. His style suits the brand of cricket we play. A lot of credit should be given to him. He has always played for the team, put his best for the team. And now on the big stage he is coming good.”England have had a stark change in fortunes from their debacle at the 50-over World Cup last year where they exited the tourney from the group stages. Morgan says it has all been due to hard work and a positive mindset.”Quite a stark difference (from the 50-over world Cup till now). Hard to ever imagine such a turn around and having such an immediate impact. But I have always believed of the talent in the dressing room, mindset has been key.Tomorrow’s opportunity is a product of that. I am just very proud,” he said.On questioned if West Indies have an advantage since they are ahead in terms of head-to-heads in T20Is, the skipper was quick to say,” Don’t think so. Two completely different teams. We have grown from strength to strength so you can’t compare.The captain also praised his death bowlers. In the semi-finals against New Zealand they gave away just 20 runs of the last four overs.”The death bowling confidence, it does. Last game 20 runs in four overs, they executed it well both (Chris) Jordan and (Ben)Stokes.”He added if need be England were not afraid to try out left-arm spinner Liam Dawson.last_img read more

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Geneva picked to host Davis, Fed cup finals together from 2018 under reform proposal

first_imgGeneva was chosen as preferred bidder to host combined Davis Cup and Fed Cup finals from 2018 as part of reforms to transform the season-ending events, the International Tennis Federation (ITF) said on Wednesday.Under the plan, it said, the two finals would be merged into the World Cup of Tennis on a three-year deal and staged on hard courts at Geneva’s Palexpo arena starting in November 2018.”The creation of the World Cup of Tennis finals is at the heart of a series of reforms that represent the most significant changes in the history of Davis Cup and Fed Cup,” ITF President David Haggerty said in a federation statement.”Change is needed to ensure that we maximise the full potential of these iconic and historic competitions.”The ITF statement said combined finals would “unlock new revenues for tennis development, increased prize money and player bonus pool”.The plan will be part of a wide-ranging reform package to be submitted for approval at the ITF’s annual general meeting in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam in August.Geneva was chosen by the ITF Board of Directors at their meeting in Frankfurt on Tuesday ahead of bids from Copenhagen, Istanbul, Miami, Turin and Wuhan.last_img read more

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Greek Playoff Abandoned After Beer Can Hits PAOK Manager

first_imgATHENS (AP) — A Greek league playoff match between Panathinaikos and PAOK has been abandoned after a beer can thrown from the stands hit PAOK coach Vladan Ivic on the head.Ivic was taken to hospital for treatment after his injury, which followed a brawl involving several players on the pitch in the 54th minute. The match was suspended for over an hour, and then abandoned.Panathinaikos was 1-0 ahead at the time, after Marcus Berg had scored in the ninth minute.Α beer can thrown from the stands hit PAOK coach Vladan Ivic (R) on the head, May 17, Athens. Photo: Eurokinissi/Thanassis DimopoulosEarlier, Panionios beat AEK 1-0 with an early goal by Samed Yesil.Panionios now leads the playoff standings with four points, followed by AEK with three. Panathinaikos and PAOK have two each, but have played a game less.The playoffs winner will join Greek title winner Olympiakos in Champions League qualifiers.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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6 Ways to Spice Up Bland Email Marketing Campaigns

first_img Email Marketing Campaigns Topics: This is a guest post written by Kimberly Lindquist. Kimberly is a project manager and in-house social marketer at ListEngage, a full service interactive marketing firm. She can be found tweeting about marketing, content, Boston, and other ramblings @lindquik.Do you remember creating your first email marketing campaign? Those emails were going to catapult your business to new levels, blow your content’s ROI through the roof, and make you an instant digital mogul in your industry.How long did that excitement last? Are you still in the honeymoon phase, or do you find yourself staring at your email templates bored, uninspired, and unsure of where to go next?Whichever way you feel about your email marketing, whether you’re on your first campaign or the hundredth, emails can fall flat and lose the appeal they once had for both you and your subscribers. So how do you bring the spark back into a boring email program and inject some va-va-voom into your campaigns? It’s all about approaching your email with a little creativity. Here are 6 ways to spice up your email marketing the next time your creativity (and email marketing ROI) needs a jolt.1. Try On-the-Fly A/B TestingFor a marketer, there are few things more appealing than knowing whether your campaigns are successful while they are still in motion. In this sense, A/B testing is the sexiest email marketing feature there is! Nowadays, many email service providers (ESPs) have a feature built into their platforms that allows marketers to send and compare the performance of variables like subject line and “From” sender names to sample audiences, with the winning email getting deployed to the remainder of the audience.2. Crowdsource Your Next Email CampaignAs hard as you try, it’s sometimes impossible to know exactly what your subscribers want, which is why your next email should flat-out ask them. Survey your customers to see what they want more of, less of, or what would make them visit your site more. Not only do prospects and customers appreciate your consideration of their opinion, but you may also be handed a brand new email campaign that your marketing department never would have thought of.Although many ESPs have basic survey tools included, you can also collect information on your website through a customized landing page or a survey collection tool. Suggestions for what to ask might include their topic preferences for articles you produce, what sorts of deals would entice them to purchase more often, what additional products and services they’d like your company to offer, and what sorts of service updates would be helpful to hear from your company.3. Send “Secret Code” EmailsEverybody enjoys the thrill of a good scratch off ticket now and again, so why not give the same offer to your email recipients? Segment your subscribers, and send each segment a “Secret Code” or “Hidden Discount” email that requires them to click through to see what they’ve won. For example, the owner of a bar or restaurant might send a quarter of recipients 10% off their next dinner purchase, another quarter might receive a free appetizer, some subscribers could receive an entry into a grand-prize vacation drawing, and maybe a small percentage win a free meal. By simply changing the link in the “Secret Offer” image, your recipients won’t know what they’ve won until they’re actually on your site. And who knows, maybe they’ll get a hankering for some potato skins while they’re there.4. Compile Your Products or Services Into Themed EmailsEveryone knows that the best way to get subscribers to read your emails is to provide value, but that’s sometimes harder than it sounds. What do your customers struggle with? If you own a hair salon, do you get lots of questions about the best hair treatments and conditioners? If you help run a home improvement store, do your customers have seasonal questions that you can compile to help answer their questions?One of the best ways to make a surprisingly valuable email for your customers that can also overlap with your blog is to compile “theme” emails. Your home improvement store might send a “Winter Home Care Preparation” in late October that highlights the best tricks-of-the-trade plus some of your best selling products. Your beauty salon could do a series of emails highlighting the best products for straight, curly, and wavy hair. Instead of putting all of the copy in the email, link them to blog posts on the subject to help drive traffic to your website and increase the chance customers can convert with one of your stellar offers.5. Send Real-Time Triggered MessagesNothing shows you care like quick responses in the form of real-time triggered messaging. Whether someone’s downloaded a whitepaper from you or left your site with a shopping cart half full, there’s no better time than the present to seize the moment and shoot them a quick email to let them know you’re thinking of them. Not only are you showing someone you care, but the convenience of receiving additional information in real time will show you’re attentive and “in-the-game.” Most major ESPs have APIs that developers can send data to which can trigger messages based off of online behavior. So, check into the details, and really wow your subscribers with your proven interest in their actions.6. VIP Status and Special TreatmentNo one, absolutely no one, dislikes the royal treatment; your subscribers are no different. Charm your biggest advocates and admirers by making them feel like they’re the only one in the room. Whether you email these “special” subscribers totally different offers or just give them a special status like “VIP” or “Elite Member,” they’ll eat up your email program and spread their love for you everywhere they go.This also provides you with another opportunity to share content. Let your VIP subscribers invite their friends and family to be part of the elite group. Your subscribers will relish the chance to look “in the know” with their inner circle, and you’ll expand your subscriber list, too.What do you do to spice up your email marketing when it’s feeling a little lackluster?Image credit: dark.Reactions Originally published Jan 4, 2012 11:20:00 AM, updated July 28 2017 Don’t forget to share this post! 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Is Your Website Mobile-Friendly? 3 Tools to Help You Prepare for Google’s Next Algorithm Update

first_img Originally published Mar 31, 2015 8:00:00 AM, updated February 01 2017 Topics: Mobile Optimization Google is about to update their algorithm again, and this time it could have a big impact on your business. I mean, really really big. For context, when Google initially rolled out the Penguin algorithm update, it affected approximately 4% of global searches on desktop and mobile. When they rolled out Panda, it affected nearly 12% of English searches. This time around, Google’s Webmaster Trends Analyst Zineb Ait Bahajji says that this algorithm update will be bigger than Penguin or Panda.What’s the new algorithm update about? It will use mobile-friendliness as a ranking signal — if your website isn’t mobile-friendly, you could get dinged in the SERPs when someone is searching Google using a mobile device. So if you want to make sure that you’re prepared for this change, keep on reading. We’ll dive into more details on what the update will entail and give you some tools to help diagnose your site’s mobile-readiness.What Is the Mobile Algorithm Update?Think back to the last time you landed on a site that wasn’t optimized for mobile. Chances are, you needed to zoom and then swipe side-to-size to even read what was on the page. And when you went to go click on something, your fingers could barely select the tiny links. I’m going to bet good money that you just bounced from that page — with all the information on the internet, you didn’t need to waste your time on a website with a really poor user experience.Google’s realized how frustrating this whole experience is and decided to change their algorithm accordingly. Soon, when someone’s searching on a mobile device, Google will serve up sites that are easy to read, make navigations and links easy to tap, have images appropriately sized for the device, and more generally, make information easy to find. (Want to see some mobile sites already doing this right? Here are 15 examples of great mobile websites.)Back to the algorithm update. At the moment, Google denotes which sites are mobile-friendly in their mobile search results (below is an example of what that looks like). But in a few weeks, they’ll be actually rewarding and penalizing websites for their mobile experience. This will be rolled out during the week of April 21st, so you’ve got some time to figure out if your website is mobile friendly and get your ducks in a row. Is Your Website Mobile-Friendly? 3 Tools You Can Use to Find OutIf your website uses responsive design, like those on the HubSpot Content Optimization System (COS), your website should already be prepared for the upcoming algorithm changes.But if you’re not sure if your website is ready, there are a number of free tools you can use to figure it out. I would recommend running your site through multiple tools as they may highlight different issues that you may need to be address. So let’s dive into some of our favorite tools below.1) Google’s Mobile-Friendly TestEnter your website’s URL into Google’s Mobile-Friendly Test and it will let you know if you’ve got a mobile-friendly page on your hands. If the website you entered passes Google’s test, you will see a green banner indicating the website is mobile-friendly. If the website does not pass, Google will let you know the page is not mobile-friendly and give some reasons why.Many of the common reasons why a website isn’t mobile-friendly is because:The content is wider than the screen: This requires users to scroll side-to-side to read the page.The text too small: This means the user must zoom to read text on the page.The links too close together: On a smartphone, links should be easy to tap with your fingers — this means that the links should be big enough and in natural location to tap. Most smartphone users hold their phone in their right hand and tap links with their thumb. The mobile viewport isn’t set: This is a little more on the technical side of things, but the mobile viewport controls the width of the page for the device. If your website displays a desktop landscape when smartphone visitors land on your page, then the viewport is not set for mobile on that page. This is an extra special case where responsive design comes in handy — responsive design will automatically adjust the viewport based on the device.2) W3C mobileOK CheckerThe World Wide-Web Consortium (W3C) has their own mobile-friendly test, mobileOK Checker, that provides more technical insight and recommendations for your website. In addition, they provide a severity rating for each of their findings so you can address any mobile problems with your website by their importance. This is a comprehensive and actionable tool to use if you’re familiar with some of the technical components of your website.3) HubSpot’s Marketing GraderIf you want to quickly analyze your mobile-readiness and the rest of your marketing efforts, check out Marketing Grader — it assess your blog, SEO, social media accounts, and mobile optimization.To start your analysis, simply enter your website URL and email. Then, Marketing Grader will analyze your site and give you a score out of 100 — the closer you are to 100, the better your site is. In the mobile component of the report, Marketing Grader will show you a preview of your page on mobile and some suggestions on how to improve that page.Have you used any of these tools to get ready for the mobile algorithm update? What other tools would you recommend people use? Let us know in the comments. Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlacklast_img read more

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Simran to join Madhavan in director Anant Mahadevan film Rocketry: The Nambi Effect

first_imgMadhavan, who was last seen in Telugu flick Savyasachi is investing all his time and energy in his forthcoming flick, Rocketry: The Nambi Effect, in which he has doubled up as a director.Rocketry: The Nambi Effect is based on the life of ISRO scientist Nambi Narayanan, who was charged with espionage. If sources are to be believed, the makers have zeroed in Simran to play Madhavan’s pair in the film.An official confirmation on the same will be announced in the coming days. It is not the first time Madhavan and Simran are teaming up together. They shared screen space together in K Balachandar’s Paarthaale Paravasam and Mani Ratnam’s Kannathil Muthamittal.Simran is currently enjoying the applause coming her way for her role in Rajinikanth’s recently-released flick Petta. Though she didn’t have a meaty role to play, she charmed everyone with her looks.On January 14, Madhavan took to Instagram to reveal that he’s getting ready for the role of Nambi Narayanan. It looks like he is getting his hair coloured to look like the scientist. In the video, he said, “I am very excited that Nambi sir is back to his original look. He looks fifteen years younger. I have no idea how I am going to look. I have never been so closed up in my life, but fingers crossed and hoping for the best.”Co-directed by Anant Mahadevan, the film will be released in Tamil, English and Hindi. Anant, in an interview to an entertainment portal, revealed that Madhavan will be sporting three different looks in the film.advertisement”His character starts as 27-year-old Nambi Narayanan in Princeton and goes on till he is 70. So we are shooting the film in three stages: first in his early thirties to mid-forties, next from mid-forties to late fifties – that’s when the spy case actually happens and finally in his seventies, where he recalls everything. He has to undergo the transformations for each phase. He is going to do all by himself,” the director revealed.ALSO READ | Rocketry The Nambi Effect teaser out: Madhavan turns director with space thrillerALSO WATCH | ‘Hype about Tanu Weds Manu frightens us: Kangna and Madhavanlast_img read more

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That Sir is bits and pieces for you: Fans pay tribute to Ravindra Jadeja for valiant knock

first_imgRavindra Jadeja played a fine and valiant knock as the all-rounder smashed 77 from just 59 to help India fight in a chase that looked improabable at one point in the World Cup 2019 semi-final against New Zealand on Wednesday in Manchester.India lost the semi-final to New Zealand by 18 runs but went down with a valiant fight that will make the Manchester tie a classic.Ravindra Jadeja walked out to bat when India had lost Hardik Pandya for 32 in the 31st over of their 240-run chase at Old Trafford on the reserve day of the World Cup 2019 semi-final after rain played spoilsport on Tuesday.Jadeja joined MS Dhoni when India were reeling at 92 for 6 but the left-hander played with a lot of positive intent from the word go to keep India’s hopes alive. With Dhoni taking the time in the middle, Jadeja did all the damage by walking down the pitch against both pacers and spinners. Jadeja was severe against left-arm spinner Mitchell Santner as he was comfortable dancing down the track and hitting him out of the park.Jadeja and Dhoni kept putting pressure on the New Zealand fielders as the two kept stealing the extra run whenever possible.Jadeja and Dhoni added 106-runs for the 7th wicket and took India closer to New Zealand’s total. Jadeja perished for 77 from 59 balls, hitting 4 sixes and as many boundaries. Jadeja tried to hit a big one in the 48th over against Boult and got caught in the deep.@imjadeja has just taken a sword and smashed this game into bits and pieces’ take a bow brother!! #wc19advertisementshibani dandekar (@shibanidandekar) July 10, 2019Bits and pieces cricketer , who ? @imjadeja turning it on here !! Common #Teamindia ??Veda Krishnamurthy (@vedakmurthy08) July 10, 2019Whatever happens. We will remember this Sir Ravindra Jadeja ??. #respect. #INDvsNZ #indiavsNewzealandAnshu Mor (@anshuMor) July 10, 2019″That’s *Sir* Bits and Pieces to you.”#SirJadeja #INDvsNZ #CWC19 pic.twitter.com/waBm6eGSdhbet365 (@bet365) July 10, 2019And he’s tearing the Kiwi attack to bits and pieces! ??5?0? for @imjadeja! ?? #HallaBol #CWC19 #INDvNZ https://t.co/Yp8pHHMLB3Rajasthan Royals (@rajasthanroyals) July 10, 2019Looks like @imjadeja is smashing the opposition into bits and pieces .. What an innings .. #BleedBlue #INDvNZArchana Kalpathi (@archanakalpathi) July 10, 2019Reminder: Ravindra Jadeja has 3 triple-centuries in first-class cricket. Three 300s! #indiavsNewzealandMazher Arshad (@MazherArshad) July 10, 2019#RavindraJadeja #CricketWorldCup2019 #indiavsNewzealand2019 #SemiFinal1 pic.twitter.com/cYuFqWhr9HClyde Crasto (@Clyde_Crasto) July 10, 2019Did Ravindra Jadeja just gesture toward the commentary box (read Sanjay Manjrekar) after scoring his 50?Only those present in the stadium can confirm.SaahilMurli Menghani (@saahilmenghani) July 10, 2019What an amazing fight by these two. Please get us thru @msdhoni and @imjadeja pleasearjun rampal (@rampalarjun) July 10, 2019Hope you got your answer about JADEJA .. @imjadejaHe is perfect all-rounderBatsman , bowler and Fielder !!#indiavsNewzealand #indvsnzHe needed in team @RaviShastriOfc @BCCI @imVkohliAlways …#RjAlok https://t.co/sDmP1QV7PrRJ ALOK (@OYERJALOK) July 10, 2019Ravindra Jadeja was involved in a controversy as he had reacted sharply to Sanjay Manjrekar after the former cricketer-turned commentator called him a bits and pieces cricketer.A few days back, Manjrekar had called Jadeja a bits and pieces cricketer.”I am not a big fan of bits and pieces players which Jadeja is at this point of his career in 50-over cricket. In Test matches, he is a pure bowler. But in 50-over cricket, I would rather have a batsman and a spinner,” Manjrekar had said.Ravindra Jadeja was far from impressed with Manjrekar’s analysis and took to Twitter to say that he has had enough of Manjrekar’s ‘verbal diarrhoea’.Also See:last_img read more

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How to Take a Screenshot on Your Android Phone [Easy Guide]

first_img Productivity Maybe you just made the transition to an Android, or maybe the process of taking a screenshot just slipped your mind. Either way, whether you want to include a screenshot in one of your blog posts or send a funny meme to a colleague, here’s a quick, easy guide for taking a screenshot on your Android phone.Download the free stock photos you’ve been searching for here, no attribution required.How to Take a Screenshot on Your Android PhoneNavigate to the screen you want to take a picture of.Hold the Power button down for a few seconds.Press “Screenshot” on your phone screen.If that doesn’t work, hold the Power and Volume buttons at the same time for a few seconds.If you see an animation of your screen shrinking, your phone has taken a picture of your screen and saved it in your photos app. Topics: Originally published Dec 14, 2018 7:00:00 AM, updated December 30 2018center_img Image Credit: Gadget HacksTo take a screenshot on your Android phone, hold down the power button for a few seconds and press “Screenshot” on your phone screen. If that doesn’t work, hold the Power and Volume buttons at the same time for a few seconds. If you see an animation of your screen shrinking, like the image below, your phone has taken a picture of your screen and saved it in your photos app.Image Credit: Gadget Hacks Don’t forget to share this post!last_img read more

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I have lost a good friend: Pakistan PM Imran Khan mourns Abdul Qadir’s death

first_img“I have lost a good friend”, said Pakistan’s Prime Minister and former cricket captain Imran Khan as he led the country in paying tributes to spin legend Abdul Qadir, who died in Lahore after suffering a cardiac arrest.Qadir, who would have turned 64 on September 15, died before he could be brought to a hospital.”I have lost a good friend and a wonderful cricketer who served the country so well,” Imran said in his condolence message.The cricketer-turned-politician said Qadir’s death was a shock to him.Imran played an instrumental role in turning Qadir into a household name as it was under his captaincy that the leg-spinner flourished to secure many Test and one-day victories for Pakistan, including a 9 for 56 in one Test against the West Indies at Faisalabad in 1986.Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa also expressed “heartfelt grief” on the death of the cricket legend.PCB is shocked at the news of ‘maestro’ Abdul Qadir’s passing and has offered its deepest condolences to his family and friends. pic.twitter.com/NTRT3cX2inPakistan Cricket (@TheRealPCB) September 6, 2019″The COAS expresses heartfelt grief on the demise of cricket legend Abdul Qadir,” DG Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Maj Gen Abdul Ghafoor tweeted.”Pakistan has lost a great sportsman and a human being. May Allah bless his soul and give strength to the bereaved family to bear this irreparable loss, Ameen,” he quoted the COAS as saying.President Arif Alvi also issued a condolence message lamenting that Pakistan had lost a great sportsman and human being.advertisementPakistan’s current skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed and other cricketers too issued condolence messages and paid tributes to Qadir.”Absolutely shocking news to hear the sad passing of legend Abdul Qadir sahib. May Allah grant him the highest rank in jannah and his family the patience to bear the loss,” tweeted Sarfaraz.Absolutely shocking news to hear the sad passing Legend Abdul Qadir saab. May Allah SWT grant him the highest rank in jannah and his family the patience to bare the loss. #AmeenSarfaraz Ahmed (@SarfarazA_54) September 6, 2019Former bowler Shoaib Akhtar tweeted a video message over the demise of Qadir noting that the death of the legendary leg-spinner had come as a big shock to him. “Just got this sad news. The revival of leg spin in cricket is completely credited to him. He inspired a generation of bowlers to take up leg spin.”Legendary cricketer Wasim Akram, in his condolence message, said that Qadir was called the magician for many reasons but “when he looked at me in the eyes and told me that I was going to play for Pakistan for the next 20 years, I believed him.””A magician, absolutely. A leg spinner and a trailblazer of his time. You will be missed Abdul Qadir but never forgotten,” he wrote.They called him the magician for many reasons but when he looked me in the eyes & told me I was going to play for Pakistan for the next 20 years, I believed him.A Magician, absolutely. A leg spinner & a trailblazer of his time. You will be missed Abdul Qadir but never forgottenWasim Akram (@wasimakramlive) September 6, 2019Former captains, Javed Miandad, Rashid Latif, Moin Khan and others including Basit Ali, Muhammad Yousuf, Iqbal Qasim and Danish Kaneria also offered their condolences and said Pakistan cricket had lost a great figure and performer.”No one can realise what Qadir was. He was a true magician and the only bowler I have known who would get batsmen out by announcing before hand he would get him with this delivery,” Miandad recalled.Qadir’s son, Sulaman, told the media that his father never complained of any heart ailment and his death from a cardiac arrest had left the family devastated.”…he was at home having dinner when he suffered the heart attack and although we rushed him to hospital, he expired on the way, he said.Qadir became an icon for keeping the art of wrist spin alive in the ’70s and ’80s with his bouncy and unique run-up and flamboyant personality.Qadir played 67 Tests and 104 ODIs to pick up a total of 368 wickets in his international career.All four of his sons — Rehman, Imran, Sulaman and Usman — have played first-class cricket in Pakistan. His youngest son Usman, also a leg-spinner, appeared in the Big Bash T20 league last season.A legend of the game, Abdul Qadir left us today. Inna lilahi wa inna ilahi raajioon. #RIPWahab Riaz (@WahabViki) September 6, 2019Really Sad News , Legendary Leg spinner bowler Abdul Qadir sb passed away , He was always been so kind to me & Helpful , May Almighty Allah bless him Jannah Aameen ,advertisementMohammad Hafeez (@MHafeez22) September 6, 2019Deeply saddened to hear the shocking news of sir Abdul Qadir sahab’s passing away, may Allah grant him highest rank in jannat and the family be blessed with sabar. AmeenMohammad Amir (@iamamirofficial) September 6, 2019May Allah bless the departed soul of legendary leg spinner Abdul Qadir Sahib who has passed away due to heart attack. It’s sad news for all of us. May Allah give patience to the rest of the family. RIP Ameen. pic.twitter.com/htjQPOPHyiSaeed Ajmal (@REALsaeedajmal) September 6, 2019Abdul Qadir, the legendary Pakistan leg-spinner, has passed away at the age of 63. May he rest in peace. pic.twitter.com/Kl0Vox35QuICC (@ICC) September 6, 2019last_img read more

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Three Dead, Dozens Injured in Oklahoma State Homecoming Accident

first_imgDuring the Oklahoma State Homecoming parade on Saturday morning in Stillwater, three people were killed and nearly 30 were injured when a vehicle careened into the procession.#BREAKING Stillwater mayor has confirmed 3 dead, 2 critical, 27 airlifted to area hospitals. #OSUHomecoming @NEWS9 pic.twitter.com/TrNT70fpAY— Evan Anderson (@EvanNBC5) October 24, 2015There’s not a ton that we know as of now other that random bystanders telling what they saw and heard. The Stillwater PD will be holding a press conference at 12:30 p.m. with more details.Megan Lantz says she was at corner of Hall Of Fame & Main Street when OSU crash happened: https://t.co/8HNRCruZS8 pic.twitter.com/cXvqx6ZPAQ— NewsOK (@NewsOK) October 24, 2015 There was also this chilling excerpt from the Tulsa World.Geoff Haxton, who was about 100 yards away from the incident, said a 4-door vehicle not affiliated with the parade crashed into the crowd. Other witnesses told him the vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed.Multiple helicopters arrived on scene, according Kurt Steiss, an OSU student.“This is the worst thing I’ve ever seen in my life, outside of the Oklahoma City bombing and 9/11. It’s a complete horror,” Haxton said.Oklahoma State University is saddened by the tragic parade incident earlier this morning. Our thoughts & prayers are with those affected.— Oklahoma State Univ. (@okstate) October 24, 2015 While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

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Oklahoma State Runs Three Deep in 2016 for the First Time in a While

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Oklahoma State scrimmaged for the first time in fall camp over the weekend. Afterwards, Mike Gundy commented on something we sort of thought would be true coming into August but weren’t positive of.“We worked our young kids, which would be the true freshmen,” said Gundy. “They got 32 [of 116] plays, which is awesome. We’re back into a system to where we have enough threes in the program to get quality work. We haven’t been able to do that the last two years. I’m excited about that.”This is what happens when you roll as deep on both sides of the ball as OSU does. The surprising part I suppose is how many freshmen could legitimately contribute to a team that should probably contend for the Big 12 title. Kyle B. wrote about a few of those here. Gundy went a little more in-depth on where he sees OSU going three deep or more. “I think that we’re about where I thought we would be running the ball,” said Gundy. “I like that we’ve got as many defensive tackles that we feel like can play in a game. We knew we had the bodies, but you’re just never sure if they can actually factor in. Without watching the tape, it looks like we’re going to have six guys at the two spots that can factor in, which is going to be good for us. I obviously didn’t know that we were going to have two freshmen that may factor in as receivers, but you never know that.I like our freshmen running back group. I like Justice (Hill), I like LD (Brown)…”As several folks have pointed out, this has been a good August so far (fingers crossed). Minimal injuries, more mental preparation than in the past (compared to physical) and the creation of a strong depth chart. What else could you ask for?“Coaches have big egos, and players are the same way,” said Gundy. “They want to win the scrimmage, but that isn’t what our goal is. My goal is for them to get better, to remember that we need to…protect each other but play hard. I don’t really care about what happens out here, other than be sound, get lined up, function, the clock isn’t a factor, take care of the football. All of that is important to me, and I think the players understand what their role is at this point in the season.”On to the start of school on Monday with the season just 19 days away.last_img read more

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Postgame Show: Let’s Talk About That Beatdown Of TCU

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Carson Cunningham joined Kyle Porter to discuss Oklahoma State’s monstrous 31-6 win over TCU on Saturday afternoon in Ft. Worth. They touch on the revitalized OSU run game, the outrageous defensive performance and what happens now with Bedlam in two weeks.LIVE on #Periscope: #okstate crushes TCU. Post game show starts now. https://t.co/HnuJXR4hHf— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) November 19, 2016last_img read more

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The Path to Playing Time for Defensive Pokes in NFL

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Oklahoma State had two former players selected in last week’s NFL Draft and several more sign as undrafted free agents. Let’s take a quick look at each defensive player and what type of competition he’ll be facing when he arrives at training camp.Vincent Taylor – Miami DolphinsTaylor put together a dominant junior season in the wake of Emmanuel Ogbah’s own early departure for the NFL. But leading his team in sacks and tackles for loss and leading the nation in blocked kicks couldn’t quite get him out of the 6th round. Still, I think he lands in a nice spot in Miami.Who’s ahead of him?The Dolphins gave up the most yards in franchise history last season and were 30th against the run. Tackle was a real need for Miami after starter Jordan Phillips has not quite impressed. The selections of Vincent Taylor and Davon Godchaux from LSU a round earlier are probably meant to push Phillips, if not divvy up some of his reps beside Ndamukong Suh.ProjectionWith some hard work in training camp and if he picks up the system quickly, Taylor could push for that third option alongside Suh, if not then he will likely get reps as his backup. Suh is somebody Taylor has noted he’s always looked up to.Jordan Sterns – Kansas City ChiefsSterns finished his OSU career as the leading tackler under Mike Gundy, reaching triple digits in that department each of the last three seasons. He’s a hard hitter with good instincts who may only a puncher’s chance to succeed at the next level.Who’s ahead of him?Headlining the Chiefs’ strong safety spot is five-time Pro Bowler, Eric Berry who shares the backfield with Rob Parker, Eric Murray and Daniel Sorenson. Sterns will be initially competing directly with the Chiefs’ 6th round pick, USC’s Leon McQuay III.ProjectionAfter watching him play for four years, I don’t know how you could bet against him. Sterns should make a roster and I think he will have a decent-to-good NFL career.Ashton Lampkin – Kansas City ChiefsLampkin spent a good part of his time in Stillwater fighting injury. After playing in every game as a true freshman and sophomore, Lampkin missed all but four games in 2014. He spent most of 2015 dinged up as well but still found his way onto the field. Can he finally stay healthy long enough to give himself a shot?Who’s ahead of him?The Chiefs roster has a lot of questions at cornerback. With such a deep corner group in this draft, many saw them taking at least one cover man. But they stood pat, spending the brunt of their resources on the offensive side of the ball. For Lampkin, he will need to fight for scraps in a group that includes Marcus Peters, Phillip Gaines, Steven Nelson, DJ White and Terrance Mitchell.ProjectionLampkin has good size for an NFL corner but will have to show he can be technically sound as well as physical to stick on a 53-man roster.Lenzy Pipkins – Green Bay PackersPipkins was another in a long line of grad transfers to add depth to the Cowboys’ defense and gain a better shot at the NFL. He was a welcome cover man at a time of need for Oklahoma State.Who’s ahead of him?Cornerback is a need Green Bay addressed with their No. 1 pick (first pick of the 2nd round) in Washington’s Kevin King. Their very next selection was safety Josh Jones from N.C. State. With Pipkins, they add another body to throw into he mix to try to bolster a secondary that got absolutely lit up last year. Mike McCarthy is still having nightmares of Julio Jones in the Georgia Dome from the NFC Championship game.ProjectionPipkins will have the opportunity as the Packers featured former undrafted free agent Ladarius Gunter extensively at the corner last year. The need at the position could give Pipkins a leg up.last_img read more

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Liverpool ignored Ronaldo & Pique advice

first_imgLiverpool Liverpool missed out on Ronaldo & Pique after ignoring scout’s advice Chris Burton Last updated 1 year ago 04:41 9/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Cristiano Ronaldo Gerard Pique Real Madrid Barcelona Getty Images Liverpool Cristiano Ronaldo Chelsea Real Madrid Barcelona Primera División Premier League The Reds were urged to make moves for both players by a man who was employed to identify potential new recruits during Gerard Houllier’s Anfield reign Liverpool turned a deaf ear to calls for them to sign Cristiano Ronaldo and Gerard Pique, claims the scout who offered the transfer advice.Alex Miller formed part of the Reds’ coaching staff during Rafa Benitez’s reign at Anfield, but previously worked as head of recruitment under Gerard Houllier.It was during that spell he noted the obvious potential in Ronaldo and Pique , only to see both men end up at arch-rivals Manchester United as youngsters. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp They are now in direct competition as rivals on opposing sides of the Clasico divide at Real Madrid and Barcelona, but could have been gearing up for an outing for Liverpool at Old Trafford on Saturday if things had turned out differently.Miller told ESPN FC : “I looked at Gerard Pique and I tried to get him.”The Spanish delegation he was with at a youth tournament, I think it was his grandfather who was the delegate for the Spanish federation. Well he wouldn’t give me permission because I think Man United were already in at that point.”I brought Cristiano Ronaldo [suggested to Liverpool as a signing]. That’s water under the bridge, I recommended him and saw him at a youth tournament.”Ronaldo and Pique are not the only decorated Champions League winners that Liverpool missed out on either, with several other big names having slipped the net.Among those the Reds were interested in but failed to land were John Terry and Petr Cech, the latter of whom could have been acquired before he burst onto the scene and Sparta Prague and eventually earned himself a switch to Stamford Bridge.Petr Cech; John Terry Chelsea“I tried to get John Terry to come,” Miller admitted, with Chelsea having pipped Liverpool to fourth spot in 2003.”It went to the final day and they beat us at Stamford Bridge. After the game I went to speak to John Terry to try and get him.”How I did it was, I went up to him in the corridor and asked him for his autograph. He said yes. As he was signing it I said: ‘Could you put your mobile phone number? Gerard Houllier would like to talk to you.'”He put his agent’s number and said to talk to him. Gerard Houllier spoke to his agent on the bus. I think he just used us to get more money out of Chelsea.”I also had Petr Cech, but at that moment in time we were trying to sign Chris Kirkland. I went to a game to watch Milan Baros and Petr Cech was making his debut.”I then went to Argentina, I think it was in 2001, the Under-20 World Cup. You could have got him for a song. He was with Chmel Blsany and then he moved to Sparta Prague and then he moved to France [signing for Rennes].” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

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Position Preview: Oklahoma State Quarterbacks Athletic, but Inexperienced

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. The college football season is about two months away.As the country waits for its top amateur sporting season, PFB starts its position breakdowns. We’ll start with the most talked about position of any football team, but especially this one, as Oklahoma State will have a new gunslinger in the backfield in 2019.The QB RoomWith the departures of John Kolar and Keondre Wudtee, the Cowboys have only four quarterbacks on its roster as of now. If that number holds entering the fall, that’ll be one of the thinner groups of quarterbacks in recent years.Dru Brown (R-Sr.): Dru Brown enters the season as the only quarterback on OSU’s 2019 roster to have played a snap as a Cowboy. It came as a handoff in the Liberty Bowl. A California native, Brown is at his third school after spending the 2015 season at juco College of San Mateo and the 2016 and 2017 seasons at Hawaii. Brown is obviously the group’s most experienced player, already having thrown for 5,273 yards at the FBS level.Brendan Costello (Fr.): Brendan Costello’s decision to enroll early to a team without a returning starting quarterback was a smart one. Although Costello isn’t likely to win the job, the extra reps he got this spring can only help him going forward. Another California native, Costello hails from San Clemente High School, a school that has grown used to producing D-I quarterbacks. As a senior with the Tritons last year, Costello threw for 2,328 yards and 22 touchdowns while running for another 658 yards and nine scores.Spencer Sanders (R-Fr.): The third-highest ranked quarterback to ever come to OSU, Spencer Sanders road the bench through all of OSU’s 7-6 2018 season to many fans’ chagrin. Sanders went 46-6 as a starter at Denton-Ryan (TX), as he was All-Texas everything. Sanders brings athleticism to the OSU backfield that hasn’t been seen in a while. As a senior in high school, Sanders threw for 3,845 yards and 54 touchdowns and ran for another 1,380 yards and 16 touchdowns.Shaun Taylor (R-Fr.): The last time OSU walk-on Shaun Taylor was a starting quarterback, he put up some gaudy numbers. In 2017, Taylor threw for 4,153 yards and 60 touchdowns as a senior at All Saints Episcopal in Fort Worth. All Saints went 11-1 that season, scoring 46.7 points per game.Committed QBShane Illingworth (2020): Another Californian, Shane Illingworth is the Cowboys highest-rated 2020 commit as of now. Illingworth will forever be the first quarterback commit new offensive coordinator Sean Gleeson landed. The 6-7, 234-pound Illingworth is the 191st-ranked player in the 2020 class, and he is the eighth-rated pro-style quarterback in the country.2019 ExpectationsThe two-horse race that started at the final whistle of the Liberty Bowl is still without an announced winner.The consensus from the outside seems to be with Sanders, and that argument has some backing. Gundy talked extensively last year that it takes time for a quarterback to truly feel comfortable. Going with the redshirt freshman would build that experience, where as going with the fifth-year senior would force OSU to restart that clock again with a new quarterback in 2020.With that said, if it’s determined that Brown gives OSU the best chance to win in 2019, going with anyone else wouldn’t make too much sense.Apart from pregame warm-ups, Brown’s on snap in the Liberty Bowl and old film, the open spring practice is all the public has seen of the quarterback battle. At that open practice, the two performed fairly evenly. Both had good moments, and both threw interceptions. Afterward, Gundy said that’s how it had gone most of the spring.“There’s been days that Spencer has played better, there’s been days that Dru has played better,” Gundy said after the open practice. “… We’ll let the thing run through the summer and into August, and as soon as we feel like that we know the guy that gives our team the best chance for success, we’ll say, ‘You’re the quarterback,’ and move on.”At Princeton, Gleeson wasn’t afraid to use multiple quarterbacks, sometimes even using multiple quarterback at the same time. Although Gundy didn’t go to the extent of saying both will start at Oregon State, he said there is a possibility both play in 2019.Position StrengthsAll D-I football players are athletes, but this quarterback room looks to be an extra athletic bunch.All three scholarship quarterbacks are considered dual-threats, particularly Sanders. As a senior in high school, Sanders ran for 100+ yards in eight of his team’s 15 games.As a sophomore at Hawaii, Brown ran for 306 yards, and Costello averaged 55 rushing yards a game as a high school senior last fall.Mason Rudolph wasn’t much of a runner in his dominant tenure in Stillwater, but Taylor Cornelius showed his wheels some last season, rushing for 406 yards and 10 touchdowns.Having that extra threat of attack in 2019 could be a big deal for an offensive looking for an identity with a new coordinator.Position WeaknessesExperience is the unit’s obvious weakness, and rightly so.Of the four quarterbacks on OSU’s roster, three haven’t played a snap of college football. The one who has, has played one snap at OSU, and the others came at the junior college level and in the Mountain West Conference.Most Big 12 teams are like sports cars. If driven correctly, it’ll go fast and look awesome. If not, there isn’t a whole lot (of defense) that’ll protect you from whatever you’re about to hit. Brown and/or Sanders will get the keys to a bright orange automobile this year, one fresh out of driving school and the other used to driving lesser cars.last_img read more

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